Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
(Mark 13:28-34 (NIV))
I suppose that you have heard about the group that was saying that the Rapture and the end of the world would occur on May 21, 2011. This group had picked apart God’s Word and put things together in such a way that they felt certain that May 21, 2011 was the day that would see these things come to pass.
No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
(Mark 13:32 (NIV))
If Jesus did not know when He walked this world, how can a group of people claim that they know something that Jesus did not know? Can the creation think that is possesses knowledge greater than that of the Creator? Can the creation foretell things that are not even known to Jesus, the Son?
As an inquisitive person, I long to know everything that I can. Still, in my inquisitiveness, I have accepted the fact that there are many things beyond my comprehension. One of these things that I have accepted is the fact that I am not God and I do not profess to know how, where and when He is moving. I do recognize the fact that if I see trees moving, then I can conclude that the wind is blowing. I also recognize the fact that if I hear of wars and rumors of wars, and other things foretold of in the Bible, then I can conclude that God’s timeline is constantly moving forward toward His ultimate plan. I do not profess, however, to be able to know the exact date and time details of His plan.
No one does!
Only God the Father knows exactly how things will unfold.
We, as believers, must not be misled into believing false teachings that contradict God’s Word as it has been laid out before us. We must not be misled into believing that man can calculate when God’s plan when unfold. We simply do not have the mental capacity to understand how God can create something out of nothing, how God can know the end from the beginning. We, as a creation, cannot fully comprehend all aspects of how the atoning blood of Jesus can truly redeem us from an eternal separation that we cannot fully understand.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.
(Isaiah 55:8 (NIV))
As for me, I put my faith in God’s Word. I once was told that you must read God’s Word with an open heart and an innocence. Do not try to read more into it, or seek meanings that are not obvious. God was not trying to trick us by placing hidden meanings into His Word. The Bible is a love letter from God to man. It is a series of writings that tell of God’s love for His creation and how we, as that creation, continue to fall short of what we were created to be. His thoughts may not be our thoughts, for our thoughts are sinful.
Think about this and draw your own conclusions.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16 (NIV))
If God went to the trouble of sending His Son to show us the way to Him, why would God hide things from us? If God’s ways and His thoughts are so much greater than ours, do you think that He would trick us? I personally think that when He says that no one knows the date, that we should simply accept this and trust Him.
After all, isn’t that what faith is?
Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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